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USS Scholarship Applications Have Gone Live

We are excited to announce that the Fall 2020 USS Scholarship Application is now available for students to apply! During these challenging times, we have worked diligently to assure that CUNY students still have access to finding ways to fund their education. Please note ONLY ELIGIBLE STUDENTS will receive a notification in their CUNY First under the "To do tab". Students are required to upload documents through their CUNY First. Please see the attached a flyer for your view.  If you have any questions moving forward, please feel free to send all inquiries to Scholarshipuss@cuny.edu. The University Student thanks you in advance for assisting us with promoting the scholarships and send our well wishes to you and your families. ​
 
Scholarship Open Date: April 13, 2020
Scholarship Closing Date: June 13, 2020
 
Below are the initial requirements for each scholarship. If students do not have the required GPA or credit registration minimum, they WILL NOT receive a notification in their CUNY First. Eligible students will be able to view the requirements to apply for the scholarships in their CUNY First. 
 
Undergraduate students MUST be registered for at least 6 credits
Graduate students MUST be registered for at least 3 credits
 
Ernesto Malave Merit Scholarship: Minimum 2.7 GPA 
Graduate Peer Mentoring Scholarship: Minimum 3.0 GPA
Donald & Mary Ellen Passantino International Student ScholarshipMinimum 2.5 GPA
Donald & Mary Ellen Passantino Student with Disabilities Scholarship: Minimum 2.5 GPA

Perspectives on Access from SPS

Perspectives on Access

An Afternoon of Panel Conversations and Film Celebrating National Disability Awareness Month

As part of CUNY’s celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the CUNY SPS Abilities and Resources Committee is hosting
Perspectives on Access: An Afternoon of Panel Conversations and Film
on Wednesday, April 29 from 1:45- 5:00 EST

Nearly 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), how has accessibility for students and people with disabilities evolved, from mobility in the New York City area to international travel?

A select group of CUNY SPS students and faculty members will explore this question alongside representatives from organizations involved in improving access to mass transit and cultural spaces. We will also offer a sneak peek at a new documentary film, Speaking Nearby: Conversations in Shetland that focuses on the global experience.

Virtual event hosted via Zoom
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
1:45-5:00 pm
Submit your RSVP

Free Hearing Test

Free Hearing Test

Beginning on Wednesday, September 5th, the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) Program will be offering FREE hearing test to the members of GC community and their family.

For Appointments Please Call: (212) 817-7980

Flyer: PDF

Hard of Hearing Roundtable @ COSA (postponed)

Roundtable Discussion on Hearing  Loss (postponed)

Flyer: PDF

Tuesday, September 18 | 4-6pm and 6-8pm
Central Office of Student Affairs, 555 w. 57th Suite 1401 @ 11th Ave


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Services Invites You To a Roundtable Discussion on Hearing Loss in the College Setting

Its Impact & Importance in the classroom, workplace, and social environments

Time: 4:00-6:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM (Choose one)
RSVP to Howard Hines Jr. no later than September 10th
Email: Howard.Hines@cuny.edu

Note: Please be advised that this discussion will cater to persons who do not require sign language interpretation. A similar gathering that focuses on topics specific to the deaf population will be held in the near future.

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2018-2019 Academic Year

CUNY Neurodiversity Conference 2019

CUNY Neurodiversity Conference 2019

March 11th-12th, 2019
CUNY Graduate Center

Day 1 · Intellectual Disability – CUNY Unlimited
Day 2 · Autism Spectrum – Project REACH


Presented by our signature neurodiversity initiatives, Project REACH and CUNY Unlimited, the two-day conference will focus on student success in higher education and the transition to competitive employment. Employers, professionals, advocates, and faculty are all encouraged to attend. We are inviting proposals for breakout sessions to highlight specific topics, including Universal Design for Learning, Strategies for Employment, Academic Support, Financial Advising and Benefits, Social Inclusion, Independent Living, Transition to and from College.

See CFP here

Symposium on Diversity in Italian Studies

A Symposium on Diversity in Italian Studies: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability Studies, Class

John D. Calandra, Italian American Institute

Thursday, January 17 – Friday, January 18, 2019


In her article entitled “Race and Foreign Language” (Inside Higher Ed [June 21, 2018]; https://bit.ly/2PMBbqt) Deborah Parker, an Asian American and professor of Italian, pondered the issue of being “a minority (Asian) in a field (Italian) in which there are very few minorities.” This symposium has been organized as an expanded conversation to Professor Parker’s article. As the subtitle of the symposium signals, the binomial of race/ethnicity is just one of the issues pertinent to the notion of “diversity” in Italian studies. Gender, sexuality, and – to a notable degree as well – class are also among significant concerns within Italian studies. Hence, our use of “diversity” in this context includes all of the above. The number of participants will be limited to a one and one-half day schedule (30 approx.) to be followed by a publication of working papers. Presentations should be between 10-12 minutes in order to allow ample time for discussion for each session. You will then be asked to submit a “working paper” of no more than 20 pages doubled spaced (notes and bibliography included). This meeting is conceived as a first encounter on a theme that is most pertinent yet very much under discussed within our community of Italian Studies.

Please send an abstract by November 1 to the following email (calandra@qc.edu) and place “Diversity in Italian Studies” in the subject line.

How To Cope Through Challenging Times

How To Cope Through Challenging Times

Jenifer Talley, PhD and Allie Funk, MA

Thursday, December 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | Room 9205

The clinical staff at The Student Counseling Service are well aware of the ongoing and persistent stressors impacting our student population. In response to these cumulative stressors, we are offering this workshop.

Our current sociopolitical culture may be causing us to feel overwhelming emotions that leave us at a loss for how to care for ourselves. Often, with increased stressors and witnessing traumatic material in our daily lives and through the media, we may feel waves of intense emotions that are difficult to manage. This may be especially the case for those of us who have experienced trauma. This workshop will focus on practical techniques and strategies to enhance self-compassion and self-care during this difficult time. Participants will learn about the impact of trauma on our sense of safety and wellbeing and learn more effective ways to manage intense emotions and foster self-care.

Jenifer Talley is a psychologist and the Assistant Director of the Center for Optimal Living in New York City. Allie Funk is a clinical fellow at the Wellness Center.

Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.

To register, stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been attached for your convenience; email and fax is acceptable. For more information please call (212) 817-8731. You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.

 

 

Mindfulness Exercise For Stress & Anxiety

Mindfulness Exercise for Stress & Anxiety

Workshop application: PDF

Mari Dickerson, LMSW, RYT

Wednesday, December 5, 2:00pm-3:30pm | Room 9206


Are you feeling stressed? Overwhelmed? Does it feel like you’re always somewhere else, ruminating about the past or worrying about the future? Are you engaging in behaviors to manage stress that you would like to change?

Mindfulness is a practice of learning to attend to the present moment with more acceptance. It is a systematic way of slowing down, observing one’s reactions, and relating to experiences with greater ease and compassion. Mindfulness has been shown to enhance well-being by reducing the impact of stress and helping people cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression. In addition, mindfulness can be applied to managing urges and cravings to use substances or other problematic behaviors such as self-injury and over-eating.

Join us for a workshop to learn the basic principles of mindfulness along with guided practices that can be easily incorporated in daily life

Mari Dickerson is a psychotherapist and social worker at the Center for Optimal Living in New York City.

To register, stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been attached for your convenience; email and fax is acceptable. For more information please call (212) 817-8731. You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.

Please note that no food or beverage will be allowed during this workshop.

Mindfulness Course: 10-minute Mind

You will be emailed a short, guided mindfulness track each morning. All you need to do is sit somewhere quiet, put your headphones on, and listen.
Learn more about Mindfulness Meditation and the 10 Minute Mind here.
Go to http://eepurl.com/dg92G5 to get started.

AIDS Awareness Day

AIDS Awareness Day

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 10:30am-3pm
Room 9204/9205

Please join the GC Wellness Center in increasing awareness for World AIDS Day 2018. This year, World AIDS Day is on Saturday, December 1. For more info, see: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/wad.html and join us on Tuesday, December 4th for a FREE Rapid HIV Testing Event with Ryan-NENA CHC. Please feel free to reach out with any questions to healthed@gc.cuny.edu.

A Rapid HIV Test is a quick oral swab and finger prick test, producing results in 20 minutes. Please allow extra time for a wait. The last appointment is at 2:40pm.

CUNY IT Conference 2018

17th Annual CUNY IT Conference 2018

Nov 29-30, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Event website

Disability & Opera

Disability & Opera

Stephanie Jensen-Moulton, Brooklyn College

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Room 3491

Reception at 5:00 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; & the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Accessing Higher Ground Virtual Conference 2018

Accessible Media, Web and Technology Virtual Conference

Nov 14-16, 2018 | CUNY School of Professional Studies

The 2018 Accessing Higher Ground: Accessible Media, Web and Technology Virtual Conference will be live streamed at The CUNY School of Professional Studies this year from November 14th-16th. This event was made possible by a collaboration between CUNY IT Accessibility Task Force, The School of Professional Studies Disability Services, Hunter College Library and the CUNY LD Project.

This is open to all members of CUNY. RSVP HERE! It’s our hope to recruit a wide audience of CUNY professionals who work in Disability Services, IT, Graphic Design, Marketing, and Faculty who and are interested in learning more about this subject and applying the tools they learned on their campuses.

Lunch will be provided on Wednesday November 14th but not on the other dates.

To get an idea of the conference content, here is schedule for the entire in-person conference [NOT all will be included virtually] . Those sessions that will be included in the virtual conference will be announced on the conference website later, and we will send that out when available.

Dates and Times:
Wed Nov 14 10am-6:30PM EST
Thurs Nov 15 10am-7PM EST
Fri Nov 16 11:15am-2:45PM EST
(Note: If you look at the conference website, you will see times are listed in Mountain Time there)

Location:
CUNY School of Professional Studies
119 W.31st Street
New York, NY 10001

4th Floor, Room 414 & 416 -Turn left at the elevator bank and you will find the classrooms at the end of the hall on the right

Accessibility:
The conference has captioning. Most handouts and Powerpoints are posted on the conference website and can be accessed before the sessions. Please ask Adina Mulliken for additional questions about accessibility am2621@hunter.cuny.edu

Recording:
Access to the recording will be available after the conference for the first 50 people to sign up and attend.

Book Talk: Autistic Disturbances @ Hunter

Interrogating Superficiality: At Play with Autistic Rhetorics in Warhol, Whitman, Antin, Carver & the DSM

Book Talk

Julia Miele Rodas, Bronx Community College

Hunter College–West Building, Faculty and Staff Lounge, 8th floor
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | 6:00-8:00pm

This talk presents work from Julia Miele Rodas’ recently published Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe (U Michigan P, 2018), focusing particularly on American texts. The evening will open with an overview of the book’s genesis and framework, offer a brief reading of the autistic “superficialities” visible in some familiar American texts, and invite open conversation about the rhetorical and aesthetic value or autistic practices like repetition and listmaking.

Hosted by the New York Metro chapter of the American Studies Association (NYMASA) and CUNY’s Hunter College

A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today

A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today

Matthew N. Bartels, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Holly Cohen, Sean Montgomery

Graduate Center Skylight Room, 9100
Thursday, November 8th, 6:30 pm

This panel will bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. Healthcare is becoming increasingly technological in both its implementation and delivery as we are becoming more connected daily. New advancements in technology are aiding in the healing process and allowing us to understand how healthcare works both as a science and as social experience. This panel attempts to answer the question of how art and design can and are helping in the healing process. What types of interventions are possible through technology to achieve wellness on a personal, shared, and international level? Using the Internet, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Digital Games, and other connected interfaces, this panel will explore the future of this fascinating field and how it will evolve in the next 20, 30, 40 or more years to come.

Co-sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; The Montefiore Einstein Fine Art Program and Collection; the Collective Voice: Digital Conversations in Public Space research team from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY; and the Digital Humanities Initiative

Join us Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 pm in the Skylight Room (9100) at the Graduate Center, CUNY for “A Crossroads of Opportunity: Virtual Reality, Media Art, and Medicine Today,” as we bring together healthcare professionals with artists and researchers using technology meant for healing and pain management in their creative practice. This panel, featuring Sean Montgomery, an artist using Brain Wave Interaction, Holly Cohen, the Program Manager of Assistive Technology/Driving Rehabilitation at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, an artist using technology to recreate the faces of people from their discarded DNA samples, and Matthew N. Bartels, the Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine, will transport audiences into new potentials for collaborative experiences using technology and media art into the world of medicine and beyond.

Free and open to the public but please click here to RSVP. All are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

Book Talk: Broken Beauty @ SPS

Broken Beauty: Musical Modernism and the Representation of Disability

Book Talk & Signing

Joseph Straus, CUNY Graduate Center

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Reception at 5:30 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; & the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Accessibility Workshop: Lab Package Workshop

CATS Lab Package Workshop

Friday, November 2, 2018 | 10:30am to 1:00pm
Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Room M-108


We cordially invite you to join our CATS Lab Package Workshop where we will discuss the new CUNY-wide license that delivers the latest Accessibility software, Fusion, which combines JAWS, ZoomText, WYNN, Kurzweil 3000, and Open Book installations. We will also review activation methods and updates.

Lunch is included

For more information or to RSVP, contact Benjamin Hanon, Access-Ability Services Technology Specialist: Benjamin.Hanon@kbcc.cuny.edu; Tel: 718-368-5175

Frankenstein & Disability @ Lehman

Frankenstein & Disability

Julia Miele Rodas, Bronx Community College

Lehman College
Thursday, November 1 | 12:30 pm – 1:40 pm

This year marks the 200th birthday of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s famous novel, and all over the world, fans are celebrating by looking back on the impact of the story and the different ways it has been told and retold. This talk will focus on Frankenstein from a disability studies perspective, looking critically at the way Frankenstein’s Creature has been interpreted in popular culture—as a “monster,” an outcast, and as an oppressed minority. In addition to discussing the importance of the creature, Dr. Rodas’ talk will focus on specific uses of language and storytelling structure in Mary Shelley’s book, pointing out how some of these features echo autistic ways of speaking. In the end, she will show that it is not only the Creature who can be understood from a disability perspective but that the novel itself speaks with a “disabled” voice.

Part of the international Frankenreads celebration co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

Equity, Health, & Learning: Social Determinants of Academic Success

Equity, Health, & Learning: Social Determinants of Academic Success

The Graduate Center (Room 9204)
Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 12pm to 1pm

Please join us for a collaborative discussion that will bring together students, faculty and administrators across CUNY to discuss challenges and opportunities that students face outside of the classroom that impact their success inside of the classroom including access to transportation, healthcare, housing, and food.

Speakers will include Peggy Groce, Former Director, Office of Travel Training, District 75, New York City Department of Education, Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor at CUNY School of Public Health, Chris Palmedo, Associate Professor of Media Marketing, & Communications at CUNY School of Public Health, and Jesse Rice-Evans, Ph.D. Student, English, The Graduate Center, CUNY. This panel, moderated by Futures Initiative Fellows Jessica Murray and Adashima Oyo, is part of The University Worth Fighting For [futuresinitiative.org], a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice.

This event is free but seating is limited so please RSVP soon at https://bit.ly/2pR0ZpO.

American Chemical Society Symposium

Reaching Students with Disabilities

American Chemical Society Symposium

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 9:30-3:30 | Room 4102

Free and open to the public with prior registration
Please register to attend at: https://tinyurl.com/y9xqkmjb
This event will also be livestreamed on FacebookLive

The Chemistry Ph.D. Program is co-sponsoring a symposium, with the American Chemical Society NY Local and the ACS Chemists with Disabilities Committee.

Flyer: PDF

Accessibility Workshop: Creating Accessible Digital Content

Creating Accessible Digital Content Workshop

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Lehman College, Music Building, East Dining Room


CUNY Assistive Technology Services (CATS) and the Media Accessibility Project (MAP), who are specialists in Assistive Technology and accessibility, are visiting Lehman College on October 26th to present a workshop on creating accessible, digital course content. During the workshop, there will be demonstrations on how to make Microsoft Word documents, Microsoft PowerPoint documents, PDFs, and audio/video content accessible. This workshop is for faculty and staff who would like to increase their efforts in inclusion and accessibility.

Light refreshments will be served

Kindly register for the workshop here.

Agenda: PDF

Lehman College
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Music Building, East Dining Room

Book Talk: Literatures of Madness

Literatures of Madness

Book Talk & Signing

Elizabeth Donaldson, New York Institute of Technology

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | Room 3491

Reception at 5:00 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

Focusing on autobiographical writing by Shulamith Firestone and Kate Millett, two key thinkers and activists from the feminist second wave–the period from the 1960s to 1980s in which women organized collectively to fight for equal pay, reproductive freedom, and other rights, rallying under the mantra, “the personal is political.” Millett’s Sexual Politics (1970) and Firestone’s The Dialectic of Sex (1970) were both important foundational and revolutionary texts in this movement. This talk juxtaposes later work by Firestone and Millett that focuses on their personal experiences of mental illness. In 1990, Millett published The Looney Bin Trip, about her diagnosis with bipolar disorder and her involuntary commitments and forced treatments, which she vehemently protested. Likewise, in 1998, after decades of self-exile from the women’s movement and a diagnosis of schizophrenia, Firestone published Airless Spaces, a series of vignettes about her experiences in and out of hospital and about the similarly marginalized people in her life. While Millett’s work about her manic depression is representative of a well-known anti-psychiatric movement, Firestone’s book reveals a disability experience–living with schizophrenia–that is often unrecorded and misunderstood. Donaldson’s talk unites the feminist argument, “the personal is political,” with the disability studies mantra “nothing about us without us,” to consider the distinct experiences and politics of psychiatric disability.

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; & the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Hearing Health Event

Ask Me About Audiology

Wed October 24 from 12pm-4pm
Graduate Center Lobby

The Student Academy of Audiology will be providing information on hearing health, offering free hearing screenings, answering all of your questions, and providing earplugs to protect from noise. See flyer attached to this email.

Please contact the Graduate Center’s Student Academy of Audiology Vice President Erika Lanham: elanham@gradcenter.cuny.edu with any questions.

GC HR Workshop on Mental Health

Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Illness

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 9am-5pm | Room 8402

The Graduate Center’s training and professional development “Discovery Time” program in collaboration with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is pleased to introduce a workshop Erasing the Stigma of Mental Health Illness. The workshop will offer you the opportunity to engage and participate in a very interactive session and provide coping techniques to deal with mental illness. The participants will leave the workshop with the 5-step action plan and tips in helping someone (family, colleagues, neighbors) during a mental health crisis.

Should you wish to attend, please secure an approval from your immediate supervisor prior to your registering. Once approved, please use the link below to register for this training. The deadline for registration is October 18, 2018.

Register: https://cunygrad.timetap.com

Following your registration, you will get a system-generated confirmation. Should you have any questions, please let us know at hr@gc.cuny.edu or call at 212-817-7700.

Disability & Race

Jim Crow’s Disabilities

Dennis Tyler, Fordham University

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Room 3491

Reception at 5:00 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; & the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Book Talk: Disability, Health and Human Development @ Columbia

Disability, Health and Human Development

Book Talk

Sophie Mitra

3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
Friday, October 12 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

Disabled & Proud Online Student Conference (online)

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) and the DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring) student group are proud to announce:

The 2018 Disabled & Proud Conference: Leading Change


An online conference for college students with disabilities


October 11-13, 2018


All college students with disabilities and culturally Deaf students are welcome, as well as students with chronic mental and physical health conditions, and students with intellectual disabilities who are auditing or in transition programs. Nondisabled student allies are invited, too!

For more information, visit www.DisabledandProud.org

For more information about the NCCSD, please see www.NCCSDonline.orgor check out our Clearinghouse of resources at www.NCCSDClearinghouse.org. DREAM's website is at www.DREAMCollegeDisability.org. The NCCSD and DREAM are funded by a grant to the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) (www.ahead.org) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (P116D150005).

Any questions? Need this email or the posters in other formats? Send an email to NCCSD@ahead.org or DREAM@ahead.org. Or call us toll-free at 844-730-8048 (ASL users can call 651-583-7499 VP).

Understanding Students with Learning Disabilities in College

Understanding Students with Learning Disabilities in College

Dr. Sanam Hafeez

Thursday, October 11, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


Dr. Sanam Hafeez, Psy.D will present on a number of topics including, Learning Disabilities— What are they? Identifying methods for engaging all students by applying principles of Universal Design in the classroom. How to recognize learning disabilities in students. Where to refer students with learning disabilities inside and outside the college. Recognizing the impact a Learning Disability has on academic development and emotional wellness.

For further information please contact Chris Fleming, Cfleming@hostos.cuny.edu.

Hosted by Baruch Student Disability Services, CTL, SACC & The LD Project.

Invisible Disability @ Fordham RH

Invisible Disability

Ariel Fishman, Fordham University

Fordham University, Rose Hill campus (Tognino Hall, Duane)
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 5:00pm - 6:15pm


The lecture will be at Fordham University, Rose Hill campus (Tognino Hall, Duane). Space is limited. Feel free to forward this invitation to others who might be interested.

Please RSVP at this link, and contact us for any disability access or accommodation question at disabilitycluster@fordham.edu.

Speaker: Ariel Fishman, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Program Planning and Development at Fordham University. His professional responsibilities include the development of new majors and degree programs, liaisonship with state regulators, and supporting strategic planning in the Office of the Provost. In 2012, he was struck by a taxicab, causing both of his legs to be amputated. Since that time, he has become a frequent public speaker on disability as well as on blood donation and presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Blood Center.

Lecture: Dr. Fishman will discuss his personal experiences becoming disabled: transitioning from being able-bodied, to being visibly disabled using a wheelchair, to hiding his disability through the use of prosthetic legs. His talk will cover topics such as disability's influence on personal identity as well as its symmetry to other identities including religion, race, nationality, and gender. He will give particular attention to the challenges of self-advocacy in the workplace, anchored on his professional experiences as a person with a disability at Fordham.

This is part of Fordham University's Seminar on Disability Research across Disciplines, a seminar series organized by the Faculty Working Group on Disability and funded by the Provost Office.

Disability & Employment @ SPS

Disability and Employment in the 21st Century - Let's Talk!!

David Connor, Hunter College

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Thursday, October 4, 6-8pm

Open remarks by Vice Chancellor Chistopher Rosa

Panelists:

  • Daniel Chan- Assistant Director for the Office of AccessABILITY at Hunter College, CUNY
  • Preston Burger- CUNY LEADS Advisor at Bronx Community College
  • Charmaine Townsell- CUNY’s Coordinator for Student Activities
  • Jes Osrow- Talent Development Specialist.
  • Allie Cashel- Author, co-founder, and President of suffering the silence

Flyer: PDF

Disability & Education @ SPS

The Growth of Disability Studies in/and Education: Personal, Professional, & Political

David Connor, Hunter College

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Reception at 5:30 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

RSVP at https://tinyurl.com/dsgrowthined

The focus of this presentation is the growth of Disability Studies in Education (DSE) within the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies and the field of Education at large, raising questions about the need to reframe, reinterpret, and revise human differences conceptualized as disabilities. Calling upon experiences throughout his three-decade career in education, from classroom teacher to college professor, Connor narrates the story of how DSE began as a small group of (special) educators who came together united in their dissatisfaction with restrictive and deficit-based definitions of disability that pervades the discourse in their field. Instead, DSE educators sought alternative ways to conceive of human differences that would inform their teaching and influence their writing, recognizing disability as a normal part of human diversity. The result has been the growth of a vibrant sub-field of Disability Studies that has challenged the powerful influence of special education as the default for all matters about disability and education, and engagement with numerous academic fields about the cultural, historical, social, and political contexts of human differences—and how dis/ability is taught in schools and universities. By focusing on the politics of dis/ability knowledge within education, Connor raises questions to consider for all scholars and practitioners interested in DS who seek to ensure dis/ability continues to be integral in discussions of diversity and equality.

David J. Connor is a professor in the School of Education at Hunter College, CUNY. His most recent book is Contemplating Dis/ability in Schools and Society: A Life in Education (2018, Rowman & Littlefield).

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; and the CUNY School of Professional Studies

For the Love of Lists @ Fordham LC

FOR THE LOVE OF LISTS: AUTISM AND LITERARY LIST WRITING

Julia Miele Rodas, CUNY Bronx Community College

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus (McMahon 109)
Monday, October 1, 2018 | 5:00-6:15pm


The language of lists and catalogues is a distinctively autistic form of rhetoric and autism-world is populated by inveterate listmakers, coders, framers, categorizers, collectors, and organizers. While this system aesthetic is prized in many circles, however, such patterning is frequently devalued in the larger culture. List writing is dismissed as banal, vacant, meaningless, or obsessive; indeed, there is a robust cultural association between system aesthetics and totalitarian thinking. This talk will push back against the judgment of literary, cultural, and medical authorities to explore the poetics of list-making from an autism-positive perspective, as a technique imbued with surprising complexity, creativity, and flexibility.

RSVP at this link. Contact Fordham for any disability access or accommodation question at disabilitycluster@fordham.edu.

This is part of Fordham University’s Seminar on Disability Research across Disciplines, a seminar series organized by the Faculty Working Group on Disability and funded by the Provost’s Office. The event will have ASL interpretation and will be wheelchair accessible.

Engage for Change | local Event @ Lexington School for the Deaf

Engage for Change | local

Flyer: PDF

Friday, September 28 | 6pm doors, 7:00-9:30
Lexington School for the Deaf | 25-26 75th St, East Elmhurst


It is a great pleasure to invite you to an Engage for Change | local event, sponsored by the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes!


The goal of Engage for Change | local is to gather together individuals with diverse experiences and perspectives to continue the discussion of how we can improve education and employment outcomes for deaf individuals in our local community. Your ideas, experiences, and input are valuable and will become part of our future action plan to create impact!

The evening will begin with light appetizers, followed by structured discussion and dialogue. There will be ample time to socialize before, in between, and after the discussions. Accommodations will be available. For those of you who plan to drive or carpool, some parking is available on site or on surrounding streets.

Please RSVP at this link no later than September 14th to confirm your spot and request accommodations. We ask that you fill out the registration form to register for the event. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns at efclocalnyc@gmail.com

Engage for Change|local Information: https://www.nationaldeafcenter.org/engage/local
Invitation in ASL: https://youtu.be/jkUxRvjFeBE

CUNY Disability Scholars Fall Meeting @ SPS

CUNY Disability Scholars Fall Meeting

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Friday, September 28, 2018 | 12:00-2:00pm

Book Launch: Authoring Autism @ SPS

Authoring Autism

Book Launch & Signing

Melanie Yergeau, University of Michigan

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Reception at 5:15 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm
See a captioned video of the talk here.

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Columbia University Seminar in Disability, Culture & Society; the Futures Initiative; & the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music

Accessibility Workshop: Alternative Formats

Alternative Format and Text Conversion Workshop

Friday, Sept 21 | 10a-1pm | CUNY SPS, Room 407


Join CUNY Assistive Technology Services on September 21st for the Alternate Format and Text Conversion workshop where we will be discussing the process of how to obtain electronic versions of books for students with disabilities. We will be going over:

  • What students need to provide the CATS Office before requesting books
  • How to obtain an accessible version of a physical textbook
  • How to break up a book by chapter
  • Necessary forms for students to fill out

We will also be going over the sources from where to obtain electronic textbooks, such as:

  • AccessText
  • Bookshare
  • Publisher Lookup

Registration: Google Doc Registration

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Room 407
119 West 31st Street
New York, NY 10001

Ergonomic Considerations

How to Sit, Stand, and Work Smarter in Academia: Ergonomic Considerations

Flyer: PDF

Thursday, Sept 20 | 3pm-4pm | Room 9204


Join the GC CUNY Wellness Center and Jon Cinkay, PT for an exciting workshop on ergonomics in academia. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, typing at a computer, or anything of the sort – this could be informative and helpful for you!

Learn how the body is affected by our everyday habits and work environments, injuries that can result, and simple adjustments you can make to prevent them!

The event is FREE and open to all students, staff, and faculty!

Pre-register by September 18th. E-mail healthed@gc.cuny.edu with your full name and email address.

Jon Cinkay is a physical therapist and exercise physiologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Department. He is the Body Mechanics Coordinator at HSS, promoting safe body mechanics.

Mindfulness Exercise For Stress & Anxiety

Mindfulness Exercise for Stress & Anxiety

Workshop application: PDF

Ravital LaBua

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 10:30am-11:15am | Room 9204


The clinical staff at The Student Counseling Center are well aware of the ongoing and persistent stressors impacting our student population. In response to these cumulative stressors, we are offering several Mindfulness Exercise Sessions during the academic year.  Start this academic year aiming for more life balance!

Mindfulness is a practice of learning to attend to the present moment with more calm and acceptance.  It is a systematic way of slowing down, observing one’s reactions, and relating to experiences with greater deliberation and compassion.  Mindfulness has been shown to enhance well-being by reducing the impact of stress and helping people cope with symptoms of anxiety and depression.  In addition, mindfulness can be applied to managing urges and cravings to use substances or other problematic behaviors such as self-injury and over-eating.  

Ravital Labua is a Clinical Fellow at the Wellness Center, Student Counseling Services.

You must be a currently registered GC student to attend. To register stop by the Wellness Center Student Counseling Services in Room 6422 to fill out a workshop application. The application has also been attached for your convenience; email and fax is acceptable.  For more information please call (212) 817-8731.  You must have your student ID with current validation sticker available to present.

Please note that no food or beverages will be allowed during this workshop.

Publishing American Sign Language Poetry

Publishing American Sign Language Poetry

Thursday, September 13, 2018 | 6:30 pm – 08:30 pm | Proshansky Auditorium


Join poets, scholars and cultural writers for a reading and performance of signed poetry, featuring a variety of genres and styles, followed by a discussion on linguistics, translation, publishing and poetics. Poet, performer and director of ASL SLAM Douglas Ridloff, founders of The Flying Words project Peter Cook and Kenny Lerner, and poet and editor John Lee Clark will share their original works. This will be followed by an exercise in translation by author and artist Adrean Clark and a moderated discussion by author and critical essayist Sara Nović. The event will be introduced by Rachel Mazique, NTID Department of Liberal Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

Closed Afternoon Workshop (Thursday, September 13, 2018)
In this workshop, Deaf poets, scholars, editors, publishers and others interested in the possibilities of publishing ASL poetry will convene to share and discuss ideas and creative solutions for getting ASL poetry onto the printed page. Invited speakers will share their perspectives on American Sign Language, Visual Vernacular, translation, and publication, followed by brainstorming sessions and a talk back. This is a closed workshop. If you are interested in attending, please email abesher@gc.cuny.edu with an explanation of your interest in participating.

Disability & Life Writing

Disability & Life Writing

Thomas Couser, Hofstra University (emeritus)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | Room 3491

Reception at 5:30 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Futures Initiative; the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music; & the CUNY School of Professional Studies

Book Launch: Autistic Disturbances @ SPS

Autistic Disturbances: Theorizing Autism Poetics from the DSM to Robinson Crusoe

Book Launch & Signing

Julia Miele Rodas, CUNY Bronx Community College

CUNY School of Professional Studies, Room 407
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Reception at 5:15 pm; talk starts at 6:30 pm

Arguing that autistic expression has been an important contributing factor in many texts, this talk offers an overview of the c​entral themes of Autistic Disturbances, exploring how autistic verbal expression has frequently been miscast as waste and looking at the fundamental aesthetic and creative value of autistic language. Taking an autism positive approach, Dr. Rodas looks at the ways autistic rhetorics thread through and enhance the richness and vibrancy of shared human language.
See a captioned video of the talk here.

co-sponsored by the CUNY Disability Scholars; the Columbia University Seminar in Disability, Culture & Society; the Futures Initiative; & the CUNY Graduate Center Program in Music

Futures Initiative course on Disability, Culture, and Society

Disability, Culture, and Society

Joseph Straus (The Graduate Center, Music)
Julia Miele Rodas (Bronx Community College, English/Disability Studies

Wednesdays, 2-5pm


Course Number: 63321
Cross-listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies; Music; Women's and Gender Studies

Like the fictions of gender and race, disability is a cultural and social formation that sorts bodies and minds into desirable (normal) and undesirable (abnormal, sick) categories. Drawing on examples from the arts and popular culture, this course will interrogate the many ways disability identity has been confined to rigid and unproductive social, political, and aesthetic categories. It will also explore a significant counter-tradition in which disability is seen as a significant artistic resource and a desirable way of being in the world.

Topics will include: the medical and social models of disability; narratives of disability; disability and performance; disability writing (memoir and fiction); narratives of overcoming; the histories and cultures of autism, deafness, blindness, intellectual disability, and madness. We will pay particular attention to the intersection of disability with other more familiar tropes of human disqualification, including race, gender, and sexuality.

Draft Syllabus

 


Other related courses:

The Environmental Psychology of Care


David Chapin (The Graduate Center, Environmental Psychology)
Tomoaki Imamichi (LaGuardia Community College, Social Science)

Thursdays, 11:45am-1:45pm
Course Number: 63320

Cross-listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies; Psychology; Women's and Gender Studies; Earth and Environmental Sciences

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach in exploring the relationship between care and the physical environment—how care (and the absence of it) is reflected in the physical environment and the physical environment can support care.

 


Mind the Gap: Technologies, Trends, Policies, and the Future of Work


Ann Kirschner (The Graduate Center)
Guest lecturers, TBA

Wed, 4:15-6:15pm
Course number: 63322

Cross listed in: Interdisciplinary Studies; MALS; Political Science

As we think about the range of possibilities surrounding new technologies — from the utopian to the dystopian — what are the policies, technologies, and social systems that should be anticipated today to ensure positive outcomes for the future? The course will examine the historical role of work, the outcomes of previous technological shifts, and the ethical dimensions that should inform our planning for the future. The focus will not only be on technology but on drivers for change, the context in which they are taking place, from changing demographics to globalization to climate change.

The course assumes that technology is not created in a vacuum, that the future is a page not yet written, and that we have a window of time in which business, government, and the individual can proactively adapt and shape a better future.

Student Disability Services at Orientation

Accessing the Graduate Center: Student Disability Services

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. | C201, Concourse Level

There will be a break-out session during general orientation to discuss student disability services. The session is open to any and all students.

Link to PDFs of orientation handouts, flyers, and powerpoint slides
 

CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Clinic @ Hostos

We cordially invite you to the 1st Annual

CUNY Wheelchair Basketball Clinic

Saturday August 11, 2018 | 10am - 1:30 | Hostos


Hostos Community College Gymnasium


500 Grand Concourse
Building C-380
Bronx, NY 10451

Register at: https://goo.gl/BNZBgd


The City University of New York Athletic Conference is proud to announce that it will be teaming up with the Ryan Martin Foundation to host a wheelchair basketball clinic, as part of its Inclusive and Adaptive Sports initiative.

The clinic is slated for Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hostos Community College in the Bronx (Grand Concourse & 149th Street). It will be followed by a question-and-answer session, with light refreshments.

About Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin was born with Spina Bifida and both of his legs were amputated at the age of two. Discovering basketball at 12 years old transformed Ryan's world from "wheelchair bound" to bound for college, for professional basketball, and for traveling overseas. In 2007, Ryan joined the professional basketball league in Europe, completing 10 seasons in Spain and France. This season, Ryan is playing for the New York Rolling Knicks of the NWBA.

Before Ryan went pro, he attended college at Southwest Minnesota State University and led SMSU to the NWBA national title game in 2001. He graduated in 2002 with a degree in Secondary Education with a minor in Sociology. After graduation, Ryan joined the Phoenix Wheelchair Suns and played in the 2005 NWBA All-Star Game.

Along with establishing his foundation, Ryan is a consultant for the NCAA on their Inclusive Sports Model.

ADA BBQ @ Queens College

ADA BBQ

July 27th | 11am - 3pm | Queens College

 

Student Union Building
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing NY 11367

 

$5 with valid CUNY Student ID or $6 without.
This event is open to ANYONE who wishes to attend. This is a fundraiser for a scholarship for SEEK students at Queens College.

There is a possibility of transportation to/from other boroughs if there are 5 or more people interested. Please email AnnaCCSD@gmail.com for more information.

Sponsored by the Committee for Disabled Students

Disability Pride NYC Parade

4th Annual

Disability Pride Parade

Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 11am


Website


Gather at Madison Square at 10am, parade steps off at 11am
Goes down Broadway to Union Square Park
Festival at Union Square Park noon – 3pm

Students are encouraged to have representatives from each college participate.

colored bar divider

2017-2018 Academic Year

Hard of Hearing Roundtable @ CUNY Central

Hard of Hearing Roundtable

Thursday, May 10 | 3:30-5:00pm | CUNY COSA

 

CUNY Central Office of Student Affairs invites you to a roundtable discussion on the impact of hearing loss while obtaining your degree and preparing for your career.

This will be Phase One in a series of meetings to address needs for both deaf and hard of hearing students. It will focus first on hard of hearing individuals who only communicate by speaking and lipreading. (Phase Two will focus on consumers of ASL.)

May 10, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm
CUNY COSA, 205 East 42nd Street, room 1102

Please RSVP to Howard.Hines@cuny.edu

If you have a hearing loss and do not communicate in sign language, this event is especially for you.

 

Flyer (PDF)

CUNY Disability Awareness Month

CUNY Disability Awareness Month - Events

John Jay College

Events (pdf)

Hunter College

Events (pdf)

New York City College of Technology

Events (pdf)

Guttman Community College

Events (pdf)

Queensborough Community College

Event (pdf)

CUNY LD Project @ GCC

Webinars (pdf)

Professional Development

Webinars (pdf)

 

CUNY Disability Awareness Month - Films @ SPS

CUNY Disability Awareness Month - Films

CUNY School of Professional Studies | 119 West 31st Street, Room 407

In honor of CUNY’s Disability Awareness Month, the Student Association cordially invites you to join us for two days of disability focused documentary screenings. All students are invited. Food and beverages will be provided!

We ask that you please RSVP so that we have an accurate headcount for the food order.

Love Limits and Untold Desires
Saturday, April 14
12:00—4:00 pm
119 West 31st Street, Room 407
RSVP

Love Limits: This documentary follows two people with intellectual disabilities and cerebral palsy who are united in their commitment to each other and to living their lives with dignity and grace. 41 minutes.

Untold Desires: From Oscar-winning producer Eva Orner (Taxi to the Dark Side), this powerful, unusual documentary gives voice to people with disabilities who are struggling to be recognized as sexual beings, free to explore their sexuality and to lead sexually fulfilling lives. 57 minutes.

When Billy Broke His Head and How I Am
Saturday, April 21
12:00—4:00 pm
119 West 31st Street, Room 407
RSVP

When Billy Broke His Head: This documentary tells the story of Billy Golfus, an award-winning radio journalist as he struggles to make a life for himself after a car crash that puts him in a coma. When he awoke, Golfus was brain damaged and hemiplegic. This revolutionary film, a Sundance Award Winner in 1995, was the among the first to give an honest account of a person with disabilities telling their own story. It follows Golfus on his cross country trek where he meets others living with disabilities. Their strength and anger forged a civil rights movement for disabled Americans. 57 minutes.

How I Am: "I'm like a hermit on an island," is the way Patrick describes his life with autism. With the dreams and fears of a teenager, but wisdom beyond his years, Patrick takes us into his emotional world through the words he painstakingly types into his computer. This documentary is in Italian with English subtitles. 49 minutes.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education training

April 18, 2018 | Guttman Community College


As a part of our Disability Awareness Month programming, the Office of AccessABILITY Services at Guttman Community College will be hosting a free Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education training event on Wednesday, April 18th. The training will be full day, 9:00am-5:00pm, and will be held in Room 401. A lunch break, and food, will be provided.
“Mental Health First Aid for Higher Education is designed with colleges’ and universities’ unique culture and resources in mind. The course includes:
 
  • A discussion of campus culture and its relevance to the topic of mental health
  • A discussion of the specific stress and risk factors faced by the higher education population
  • Applying the ALGEE five-step action plan in a number of scenarios designed specifically for faculty, administration, and students
  • A review of the mental health resources available on campus and through partnerships in the community”

This interactive training is open to staff, faculty, and students (participants must be 18 or older). Those who complete the training will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement. 
 

RSVP: http://cuny_guttman.timetap.com

CUNY Disability Conference 2018

9th Annual CUNY Accessibility Conference

Transitions: Supporting Students with Disabilities from High School through Higher Education

 

April 6th, 2018 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice 


524 West 59th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenue 
New York, NY 10019 
2nd floor Dining Hall

http://cats.cuny.edu/cac/

Research Conference on Diversity & Inclusion 2018

Research Conference on Diversity & Inclusion

March 29, 2018 | CUNY Graduate Center


With nearly 300,000 students across 24 schools and colleges, the City University of New York (CUNY) is one of the largest and most diverse school systems in the country. The 2018 Research Conference on Diversity & Inclusion will showcase D&I-related research across CUNY, and it will feature panels of experts from government agencies, foundations, investors, corporations, and media, who will describe opportunities to support and disseminate D&I Research activities.

Registration: https://cuny18.splashthat.com/

Approaches to Accessibility Workshop

Approaches to Accessibility

Wednesday, March 14 | 6:30-8:30pm | GC | C198


Co-led by the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Museum Access Consortium, this workshop offers instructors immediately-applicable tips and long-term strategies to design accessible classroom learning environments that accommodate students’ diverse needs.

https://tlc.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2018/01/17/spring-2018-workshops/

Reel Abilities Film Festival 2018

CUNY Neurodiversity Conference 2018

CUNY Neurodiversity Conference 2018

March 8th-9th, 2018
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Day 1 · Intellectual Disability
Day 2 · Autism Spectrum


Stakeholders in the field will share effective practices to promote student achievement and inclusion from college to career. Each day is focused on an aspect of neurodiversity, and will include speakers, a student panel, and opportunities for meaningful discussion.
Professionals, parents, students, faculty, employers, and community advocates are all welcome to attend.

Registration: CUNYNeurodiversity.eventbrite.com

CUNY IT Conference 2017

16th Annual CUNY IT Conference 2017

Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2017 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Event website